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134. Fierce Red Roman Cats like to Pose in Trastevere

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

By Giulio D'Ercole

When you talk about Rome, you cannot forget to mention its cats, usually big red, tough-looking cats.

They are such an historical presence that #Rome has an estimated 300,000 feral #cats roaming its streets. But rather than considering them a nuisance, the city council actually supports the cats as part of Rome's ancient heritage. In 2001, the cats living in the Coliseum, the Forum, and Torre Argentina were officially named part of the city's "bio-heritage.

If you're visiting Rome, it isn't realistic to adopt a cat to bring back in your luggage. However, you can "distance adopt" one of these strays. Older or handicapped cats that have more trouble finding a permanent home are available for distance adoption online. You simply send a regular donation to the Cat Sanctuary in the name of your "adopted" cat, and the gattare (the women that usually take care of street cats) in return will send you updates and photos of the pet.

Here is one, "captured" in the core of #Trastevere. Fierce and proud, his eyes framed by the bicycle spokes.

Rome, oh Rome, land of small felines created so that humans could caress lions, tigers, and panthers. ;-)

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